Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Random Thoughts On A Day At The PGA

I spent Friday morning tooling around the PGA Championships with both my wife Julie and my father-in-law Ted.


It’s an annual tradition, developed first at the Wachovia, then at the Quail Hollow, and ultimately at the Wells Fargo. This year, of course, “the” course was used for the PGA, golf’s final major championship of the year.

Walking around Quail Hollow is a yearly exercise in seeing how the other half lives.

Some idle thoughts:

  • Both the PGA and Quail Hollow Club have customer service down to a science.  And an art.
  • Golf fans drink beer at 9:30 in the morning.
  • Some golfers have fitness levels that wouldn’t really cut it on the pro tennis tour. Then there are others who definitely could.  Or, if you’re US Open champion Brooks Koepka, boxing.

  • Watching golf live is so different from watching it on TV. When you watch it live, you can only pay attention to either one golfer or one hole at a time. It’s hard to get a grasp of the big picture; difficult to know who has momentum and inspiration. But when you watch it on TV, you see the whole story at once: you watch multiple holes, you can follow the hot hand, you can see who is struggling and/or choking, and you have the commentary to help make sense of it all.
  • Then I realized: that (the difference between live golf and TV golf) is like the difference between being human and being God. We go through life focused on our small picture; God is engaged in it from the perspective of the Big Story. Think about it . . .